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Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

By: Reuters     21st January 2022 An explosion in Ghana's rural Western Region on Thursday razed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of residents when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle. Unverified videos posted on local media showed a large, smouldering blast site in which... 

Focus on hygiene can contribute to health, safety

21st January 2022 Owing to high safety risks, mining is considered one of the most hazardous industries and, compared to 2020, South Africa, which has some of the deepest and oldest mines in the world, has already seen a 33% increase in mine deaths in the first half of 2021. This regression in safety has... 

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EMMA CORDER Mines that follow a suitable cleaning regime reduce the amount of air pollution, limiting the exposure for employees and residents of the surrounding communities

Multimetal recycling plant construction under way

21st January 2022 Copper producer Aurubis AG and Düsseldorf-based metallurgical plant supplier SMS group, last year signed a contract for the construction of a multimetal recycling plant in the US. As Aurubis announced on November 10, 2021, construction of the new Aurubis recycling plant will start in mid-2022 in... 

Mine aims for increased local content

21st January 2022 Metals and mining company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) is “determined” in its mission to increase local content across its mining operations. The mining firm has backed Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema’s appeal to industry players to “step up” and exercise holistic and prudent management of... 

Company stresses need for on-site mining medical services

By: Cameron Mackay     21st January 2022 Mining companies that partner with professional medical consultants to provide on-site medical assistance have the confidence that medical issues are treated appropriately and quickly. This immediate treatment can help avoid unnecessary off-site referrals, treatments and prescriptions, states... 

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FLEXIBLE CLINCAL OPTIONS As mines are often located far from established healthcare facilities, having medical personnel operating on-site removes the need for employees travelling for treatment

BME unpacks the benefits behind its new-generation electronic detonator 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2022 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME has unpacked the benefits of its latest and most advanced electronic blast detonation system called AXXIS Titanium. The company hails this system as a significant advance for both the company and the country, as it improves South Africa’s... 

BME's AXXIS Titanium system
BME's AXXIS Titanium system

Tertiary raises £500 000 Nevada, Zambia exploration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals has raised £500 000 before expenses through a placing of over 294-million new ordinary shares in the company. The placing was arranged through the company's joint broker Peterhouse. 

WA miners welcome visa incentives

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has welcomed a decision by the federal government to refund the visa application charges for fully vaccinated student and working holiday visa holders. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that the measure was aimed to address current... 

Stanmore awards mining services contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded a A$564-million mining contract at its Isaac Downs mine, in Queensland. The five-year opencut mining services contract was awarded to EPSA Pacific, marking a major milestone in moving the mine to full production, following the e completion of all regulatory... 

Capital Drilling says 2021 was its strongest financial year yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 LSE-listed mining services company Capital Drilling recorded its strongest financial year yet in 2021, with three quarters of revenue growth, executive chairperson Jamie Boynton says. He highlights that 2021 was a “transformational” year for Capital, driven in part by a surge in market activity... 

Metso Outotec to start next phase in the development of its Metals business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Metso Outotec will take the next structural development steps in its business portfolio, following the completed integration of its Minerals business and the successful turnaround of its Metals business. Metso is a process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals... 

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

Newcrest to test new blasting tech from Orica

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th January 2022 Gold miner Newcrest Mining’s Cadia underground operation, in New South Wales, will become a testing ground for a first-of-its-kind semi-automated explosives delivery system in the second half of 2022. The system, which was co-developed by Orica and Epiroc, is designed to remove people from... 

Silver Bullet Mines on track to commission modular pilot plant

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2022 TSX-V-listed silver, gold and copper explorer and developer Silver Bullet Mines (SBMI) is progressing with the construction of a 125 t/d modular pilot plant in Arizona, in the US, and is on track to start commissioning of the plant in the first quarter of this year. Currently, over 90% of the... 

Study confirms viability of KWG's electrification plan within the Ring of Fire

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th January 2022 An electrical infrastructure capital expenditure report, conducted by OneLine Engineering, has confirmed the positive economics of chromite project operator KWG Resources’ proposed electrification plan within the Ring of Fire, in Ontario. The study determined that electrification of the Marten... 

Sandvik receives biggest AutoMine order yet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th January 2022 Engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has received its biggest AutoMine solutions order yet. The company has been awarded a contract by Chilean mining company Codelco to install an AutoMine load and haul automation system valued at SKr250-million at the El Teniente mine. 

Codelco's El Teniente mine in Chile

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Keliber drilling contractor using biofuel to cut drilling emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Drilling contractor Kati has started using biofuel in the drill rig at Finnish miner Keliber’s exploration site in Central Ostrobothnia, a measure that will reduce the emissions caused by drilling by more than 50%. “Taking the environment into consideration and minimising the negative impacts is... 

ABB, AWS collaborate on digitally integrated all-electric operations for net-zero emissions mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Global technology group ABB is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the adoption of new and sustainable technologies in mining. The two companies are now creating solutions for digitally integrated all-electric operations to help meet industry goals on net-zero emissions. In a... 

MEDATech's Western Star haul truck

Baleni appointed Mining Indaba advisory board chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2021 Mpho Makwana will step down as chairperson of the Mining Indaba Advisory Board, with immediate effect. This follows his appointment as nonexecutive chairperson at Nedbank Group earlier this month. 

Schauenburg Systems donates R800 000 to build digital lab to teach youth tech skills

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 Mine safety and productivity technology company Schauenburg Systems has, through its partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES), donated R800 000 towards the establishment and construction of a digital laboratory to help young, unemployed people learn critical skills in the technology... 

Projects still on track to meet payback target

By: Halima Frost     10th December 2021 Despite facing challenges, such as the drawn-out licensing approval process in South Africa, ASX-listed Theta Gold Mines estimates that a payback target of 13 months for its Theta Gold Mines Expansion (TGME) projects is still attainable. TGME, which the company has coined as ‘the reawakening the... 

A mine cart with gold ore mined by Theta Gold
GOING FOR GOLD Theta Gold is currently investing in several South African gold mining projects

Zimbabwe-based miner expands operations

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 With Zimbabwe’s extensive resources, platinum group metals producer Zimplats intends to expand its mining operations, exhausting the southerly parts of the mine area and focusing on the northern mining blocks, says Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), Zimplats’ holding company, group executive of... 

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MUPANI MINE The mine is a decline-accessed, mechanised bord-and-pillar mine, as with other Zimplats operations

Suppliers partner to deliver project

10th December 2021 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions, announced that it had been selected as one of the preferred pump suppliers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) new modular fines flotation pilot plant and had... 

An image of the feed pump to the modular pilot plant for the main plant
VERDERFLEX PUMPS The pumps selected for this project included the Verderflex VF65, Dura 25, Dura 35 and Dura 45

Miner provides update on Waterberg project

By: Anna Moross     10th December 2021 TSX-listed mine developer Platinum Group Metals in October provided an update on the Waterberg project, a bulk underground palladium and platinum deposit located in the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in the Limpopo province.  

As global steel industry mulls sustainable solutions, SA urged to ‘green’ iron-ore

By: Nadine James     10th December 2021 Producing ‘green steel’ in South Africa might be a distant dream, but exporting ‘green iron-ore’ is achievable in the medium term, says Afriforesight materials engineer and project innovation manager Dr Brandon Davoren. Amid the global trend towards sustainability and in the wake of the... 

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Tech to address excessive fines production

10th December 2021 The shift to mechanised mining in the coal industry has had the side-effect of an excessive quantity of fines being produced, which often means that the thickeners deployed in minerals-processing circuits are undersized and cannot cope. “Eight out of ten coal mines encounter this problem in their... 

A photo of the Gravitas Minerals Team at the Southern African Coal Processing Society Biennial Conference at the Graceland Casino and Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga
THE TEAM The Gravitas Minerals Team exhibited at the Southern African Coal Processing Society Biennial Conference at the Graceland Casino and Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga

New colliery construction planned for early 2022

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 Pending offtake negotiations, construction of coal mining company Canyon Coal’s new Bekezela Colliery and its facilities is planned to start in the first quarter of next year. Canyon Coal holding company Menar projects head Gerhard Cronje tells Mining Weekly that the construction of the colliery... 

A photo of an excavator’s bucket resting on the ground in a colliery
BREAKING NEW GROUND Canyon Coal is moving ahead with the development of its coal resources

Name change for new colliery

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 One of coal mining company Canyon Coal’s – a subsidiary of investment company Menar –  new collieries has changed its name from De Wittekrans to Gugulethu ahead of the start of construction. The new name means “our value” or “our pride” in Nguni languages. “The purpose of the name change was to... 

A photo of a track in the mud of a colliery left by a large mining machine
ON TRACK Canyon Coal has several potential coal projects on the cards at various stages of development and approval

Platinum demand from electrolysers likely to be between one- and two-million ounces over next 15 years

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2021 Electrolyser markets could grow from almost nothing today to one quarter of 1 TW by 2030, and over 3 TW by 2050, to meet the demand for fossil-fuel free green hydrogen, according to a recent Hydrogen Council report by the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). The electrolysis of water is a... 

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NUM concerned about ‘deepening crisis’ in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the “deepening crisis” in South Africa, saying it feels that the “gains of the 1994 democratic breakthrough are fast withering away under the weight of deepening inequality and mass unemployment”. During its extended national... 

Thiess wins A$200m in mining contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2021 Mining contractor Thiess has secured two mining services contracts in Queensland, with a combined value of some A$200-million. The company was awarded a 12-month contract extension to its existing contract with mining BHP Mitsubishi Alliance for the provision of mining and maintenance services... 

Nersa gears up to release consultation paper on Eskom’s latest revenue application 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will release a consultation paper on December 8 alongside Eskom’s fifth multiyear price determination application (MYPD5), which covers the three financial years from 2022/23 to 2024/25. The paper, which is currently being finalised, will... 

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Andromeda eyes deepwater port at Cape Hardy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2021 SX-listed Andromeda Metals has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with fellow-listed Iron Road over the development of a deep, multi-commodity port at Cape Hardy, in South Australia. The MoU would allow Andromeda to investigate options to establish an export facility at Cape Hardy... 

MRL to develop autonomous trains for the Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2021 Mining services provider Mineral Resources (MRL) will form a partnership with autonomous solutions provider Hexagon to develop an autonomous road train solution as part of its mining services infrastructure supply chain solution that is key to unlocking stranded tonnes in the Pilbara. MRL said... 

Miners welcome Indigenous Roadmap

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the release of the National Roadmap for Indigenous Skills, Jobs and Wealth Creation, saying it establishes a collaborative pathway to further unlock First Nations excellence and aspiration in the national economy. The Roadmap provides a... 

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Nersa ordered by court to decide Eskom’s 2022/23 tariff by Feb 25 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2021 Judge Jody Kollapen has ordered that Eskom’s revenue application for the 2022/23 financial year be decided by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) by February 25 and that it be adjudicated in line with the multiyear pricing determination (MYPD) methodology published in 2016. The... 

Eskom presenting at a previous revenue application hearing
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Eskom presenting at a previous revenue application hearing

Fibre solution aids communication

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Multinational network operator Paratus Zambia is rolling out its fibre and microwave links to cover the Copperbelt mining area and is extending coverage to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Paratus Zambia country manager Marius van Vuuren tells Mining Weekly that the... 

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IN THE DISTANCE The distance its networks now cover allow Paratus Zambia to connect remote mines on the Copperbelt with the world
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